In the name of diversity an Atlanta fire chief was fired for being a Christian.
When a celebrity or public official announces to the world that he enjoys having sex with other men, he’s immediately heralded as a hero by the media, which also acts as a barricade around him to protect him from any criticism.
But if a celebrity or public official takes another stance and says that homosexuality or sodomy is wrong, then all the media’s hell, fire and brimstone will rain down on him until he’s forced to resign.
Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was fired by Mayor Kasim Reed today, the day Cochran was to return to work after a 30-day suspension without pay for going against city policy by writing a book that included comparing homosexuality to bestiality. Reed made the announcement this afternoon at a press conference at City Hall.
“Certainly we agree with Mayor Reed’s position on this and his rationale for it,” said Georgia Equality Executive Director Jeff Graham moments after the announcement was made. Georgia Equality had called for Cochran to be fired.
Cochran’s anti-gay views could only make for a hostile work environment, Graham noted.
“This is not about his religious views but his about his ability to lead a diverse work force,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that this had to happen. I feel the mayor has done the right thing to ensure all employees are treated fairly.”
A phone call to Cochran’s home was answered by a woman who said he was busy and to call back later.
At the press conference, Reed reiterated the city’s nondiscrimination policy that prohibits prejudice based upon sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as race, color, religion, and sex. Reed said Cochran was given the option of resigning but refused to do so resulting in his termination today.
So, he wasn’t fired for not keeping a diverse workforce. In that regard, he followed policy. He was fired for merely expressing his opinion. Do you want to read the offensive “anti-gay” statements he made in a self-published book he entitled, “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” Here are a couple excerpts the Georgia Voice singled out:
- “Uncleanness — whatever is opposite of purity; including sodomy, homosexuality, lesbianism, pederasty, bestiality, all other forms of sexual perversion.”
- “Naked men refuse to give in, so they pursue sexual fulfillment through multiple partners, with the opposite sex, the same sex and sex outside of marriage and many other vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body-temple and dishonor God.”
So, he didn’t just lump homosexuality in with bestiality. He also lumped it in with heterosexual adultery and promiscuity. The Bible condemns all forms of sexual immorality, not just homosexual activity.
But that’s not really the point here. In their effort to be “all-inclusive,” the Mayor’s having to exclude a public official for his personal opinions, something they themselves preach against.